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Santa Monica Events Calendar Feb. 3-9: Events, Art, Theater, And Music:

LAST CHANCE

Home.Sweet.Home: Gerald Slota and Neil LaBute, Robert Berman Gallery concludes Home.Sweet.Home: a collaborative exhibition of images by artist/photographer Gerald Slota with captioning by

celebrated playwright/filmmaker Neil LaBute this Saturday, Feb. 4. 2525 Michigan Ave, C2. 310.586.9128, robertbermangallery.com

Who’s Hungry – Santa Monica (WHSM). This Highways Performance Space production is part of an ongoing series of experimental tabletop puppet plays that give a voice and face to hunger. WHSM weaves together the stories of five homeless and/or hungry residents of Santa Monica, incorporating puppetry, dance, music, and text. Concludes this Friday and Saturday Feb. 3/4. Tickets $20/$15. 310.315.1459, highwaysperformance.org/highways

Magical Thinking, an ambitious exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery features the work of Los Angeles painter Karen Liebowitz, Philadelphia-based Nancy Blum, and Los Angeles-based Vanessa Conte. The exhibition concludes this Saturday, Feb. 4. Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 2525 Michigan Avenue, B4. 310.828.8488, rosamundfelsen.com

Art Mortimer: Pacific Ocean. Since 1971 Art Mortimer has painted nearly 100 murals, including major public murals in Claremont CA, Billings MT, 29 Palms CA, Lompoc CA, Susanville CA, and

many Southern California communities. A selection of paintings by Mortimer will be on display through this Saturday, Feb. 4 at Schomburg Gallery. Friday and

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave, E3A. 310.453.5757, SchomburgGallery.com

THIS WEEK

Friday, February 3

DineLA Restaurant Week. Today is the last day where local foodies and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course lunches from $16, $22 or $28 and dinners from $26, $34 or $44 at some of Santa Monica’s best restaurants. santamonica.com/where-to-eat/dinela

Los Angeles Premiere of Surf Doc Splinters at Aero Theatre. Adam Pesce and Perrin Chiles present the L.A. premiere of their documentary “Splinters” at 7:30 p.m. about four focused surfers living in Papua, New Guinea. Discussion following with director Adam Pesce and producer Perrin Chiles. $11. 1328 Montana Ave. americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/splinters-0

Santa Monica High School’s Café Samo, is a delightful, cabaret-style show produced annually by the Samohi Choir Program, featuring dozens of talented student performers who create and produce their own musical acts. This year there are three shows: Today at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10 at the door. Food, desserts, and drinks available for purchase before the show and during intermission. Humanities Center Theater, Second floor, English Building. 601 Pico Blvd. 310.395.3204, samohichoir.org

A Night of Arias with the Pacific Opera Project. A night of popular opera arias and scenes with highlights from the Pacific Opera Project’s 2012 Season, which featured Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, and Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and selections from Mozart’s Il barbiere di Sivilgia and Bizet’s Carmen. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students/seniors/youth under 17.Reservations: 310.458.8634, milesplayhouse@smgov.net. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. fireside.milesplayhouse.org.

Comedic improvisers, The Magic Meathands, perform an hour of entirely made-up absurdity, based on audience suggestions and participation, at 8 p.m. They are followed at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. by the amazing Waterbrains and the outrageous Mission:ImPROVable. $10 for the whole night. Westside Comedy Theatre, 1323-A Third Street Promenade (Enter in the alley south of the food court, between 3rd and 4th, between Arizona and Santa Monica). 310.451.0850, MagicMeathands.com

Saturday, February 4

BetterYou.com Launch Event. Sweat it out with complimentary heart-pumping classes and revitalizing yoga taught by the most sought after experts in the fitness industry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t want to break a sweat? No problem! Pamper yourself at the BetterYou Beauty Camp where you can enjoy blowouts, make overs, manicures, massages and more. Sip champagne, feel the

sand beneath your toes, and enjoy special offers and giveaways while mingling with celebrities and the people who make

them better. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. http://betteryou.com/word/842/youre-invited-betteryou-launch-party.html

The Life of Paul Robeson. In celebration of Black History Month, Santa Monica Playhouse and Stogie Kenyatta present a special two night return engagement today and Feb. 11 of Kenyatta’s acclaimed solo show about African-American artist/activist Paul Robeson, a powerful and poignant, entertaining and educational, heartfelt, and humorous evening of theatre. Robeson was witness to the artistic wonders of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz- Bebop era, the horrors of the slave trade, the shame of the Holocaust, McCarthyism, blacklists, racism and oppression. His life’s work celebrates our common humanity as he fought globally for social justice. Tickets $30. Show starts at 8 p.m. 1211 4th St. 310.394.9779 ext.1, SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com

In Search of the Present. At 73, Digital Collage artist Maureen Murphy, loved for her “Floating Head” series, opens her first solo Art show “In Search of the Present” at Mystic Journey Bookstore at 7 p.m. Murphy was in her 60’s when she took her love of collage digital – studying Photoshop and computer software Santa Monica College. 1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturdays. TarotByMo.com

Local singer/songwriters David Poe, Amy Raasch, and Brendan Hines, perform songs of love, loss, and the perfect sandwich as part of the “Fireside at the Miles” program at 8 p.m. Back by popular demand, Poe and Raasch wowed audiences at last year’s Fireside program. They are joined by Hines, a fabulous, idiosyncratic songwriter with a fantastic new collection of songs hot off the press. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students/seniors/youth under 17.Reservations: 310.458.8634, milesplayhouse@smgov.net. Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd. fireside.milesplayhouse.org.

Henry Gaylord Wilshire: The Millionaire Socialist. Take a step back in time and meet Henry Gaylord Wilshire, the man for whom Wilshire Boulevard is named, in a presentation by Louis Rosen, author of “Henry Gaylord Wilshire: the Millionaire Socialist,” at 1 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Henry Gaylord Wilshire came to Los Angeles in 1885 and purchased a 35-acre barley field that became the beginning of Wilshire Boulevard. Admission is free, and seating is first come, first served. 310.458.8600, smpl.org

Pursuing Perfection: How Far Is Too Far? Santa Monica Public Library presents “Pursuing Perfection: How Far Is Too Far?” from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Main Library’s Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard. Medical advances have led to medical enhancements for every stage of our lives. We can design the “perfect” baby, enhance athletic performance, reverse signs of aging and lose weight without dieting. But should we constantly pursue perfection? When does medical technology go too far and how do we distinguish between hype and hope? Join the Center for Humane and Ethical Care for an in-depth discussion of these issues at this free community forum. Admission is free, and seating is first come, first served. 310.458.8600, smpl.org

Saturday Scenic Excursions Train Rides. Relax onboard the 1930s vintage passenger or dining cars as the train travels through century old citrus and avocado groves with Fillmore &Western Railway. The first stop of the day will be at Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium with the second stop in downtown Santa Paula. Depart Fillmore at 12 p.m., return at about 4 p.m. (rain or shine). Adults $24, seniors $22, youth 4-12 $14, Children 2-3 $10, infants under 2 free on lap. Cab rides are also available, $50 one way, ride the other way in regular coach cars. Call Fillmore &Western Railway at 805.524.2546 or 800.773.8724 for information or reservations. fwry.com

Sunday, February 5

Screening of Surf Doc Splinters at Laemmle’s Monica 4-plex. Adam Pesce and Perrin Chiles’ documentary “Splinters” will screen at 11 a.m. The film is about four focused surfers living in Papua, New Guinea.Tickets $11. 1332 Second St. 310.478.3836, laemmle.com/viewmovie.php?mid=7809

Monday, February 6

Reading of “Crescent City,” a new opera by Anne LeBaron and Douglas Kearney from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This reading of the opera-in-progress Crescent City is presented in association with The Industry, a company that seeks to expand the traditional definition of opera and create a new paradigm for interdisciplinary collaboration. Crescent City is featured twice in New York City Opera’s VOX showcase of new American opera, this phantasmagorical work is set in a fictionalized post-Katrina New Orleans, and the famed Crescent City is a shell of its former self. With the few remaining inhabitants struggling for a normal life, the “bad waters” of a new impending storm wake up the notorious ghosts of the city’s past, including the legendary Voodoo goddess Marie Laveau. Free. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy. 310.458.4904, http://beachhouse.smgov.net/activities/cultural-programs-events-and-tours.aspx

The Seventh Seal/Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Screening. Join Max von Sydow at Aero Theatre at 7:30 p.m. for an evening that begins with his 1957 performance as a medieval knight playing chess with “Death” in the iconic Ingmar Bergman film “The Seventh Seal” and ends with his recent Oscar-nominated performance in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” Tickets $11. 1328 Montana Ave. americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/the-seventh-seal-extremely-loud-incredibly-close

Tuesday, February 7

Bergamot Area Plan Workshop. The City of Santa Monica’s Planning and Community Development Department invites the community to the fourth Bergamot Area Plan workshop, which will explore how

Community Benefits can help to achieve the vision for high-quality neighborhoods, walkability, open space and daily needs. It will be held at Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma

Terry Room from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. RSVP to ensure accurate accommodations: BergamotPlan@smgov.net, 310.458.8341, bergamotplan.net

Be a great Mother-in-Law in the 21st Century. This five session workshop will focus on creating more satisfying relationships with Daughters-in-Law, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Santa Monica for the next five Tuesdays. The workshop leaders are Linda Smukler, MS, State licensed MFT with more than 25 years’ experience, and a Mother-in-Law Meryl Maler, MA, Teacher and Mother-in-Law. Cost $200. For more information, call Linda at 310.373.6151 ext. 2

Marathon Valentine-Making and Music Appreciation. The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club will supply a veritable smorgasbord of paper hearts, animals of sky and earth, celestial phenomena, and more, along with blank cards and envelopes for all participants from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Healthy and hot healthy snacks will be provided along with tea and coffee. Musicians will play the club’s 100-year-old Steinway concert grand all day long. 100 percent of your $10 donation benefits art classes for homeless children at School on Wheels. 210 4th St. 310.310.2273

Wednesday, February 8

Misa Jewelry Trunk Show at Stacia. Enjoy 10 percent off Misa jewelry and the Stacia Spring ‘12 Ecoknits collection one night only from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Make it a girl’s night out and sip cocktails and nibble on tapas while you shop. Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day with a handmade custom-created ring, necklace, or earrings by Misa. 808 11th St. at Montana Ave. 310.393.7100, misajewelry.com

Westside Neighborhood School, will host Dr. Susan Linn, an internationally recognized author of educational books, who will share information on the importance of imaginary play. Linn is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has written extensively about the effects of media and commercial marketing on children in her book, “The Case for Make-Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World.” Book signing at 6:30 p.m. Presentation from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free and open to the public. 5401 Beethoven Ave, Los Angeles.wnsk8.com

2012 Green Living Workshop. Are you struggling with your New Year’s Resolution? How about learning to Conserve natural resources, save water, and making your home more energy efficient at this free workshop from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. $25 donation. 310.458.8716, sustainableworks.eventbrite.com

Thursday, February 9

Be Excited! Be Prepared campaign, will host an “Ask the Staff Community Open House,” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center. It will feature information tables on projects such as the Expo Light Rail, Parking Structure 6, Palisades Garden Walk, the Advanced Traffic Management System, Ocean Park Blvd. Complete Green Street, and the 3rd Court Water Main Replacement. Free and open to the public. 1527 4th St. SMConstructs.org

MUSIC

Friday, February 3

Justin Joyce, Cynthia Ford, Cano, Blonde Goblin @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

The Goods With DJ Anthony Valadez, KG Superstar @ Zanzibar

Adam Jones, DJ Dulcet Collective @ Bar Pico

Java with Javelyn – Indie Music Night @ The Talking Stick

Jelly Woo, Symphony @ Trip

Submerge with Wes B., Digo, Circle of 5ths, Tyson, M16 @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Saturday, February 4

Get Shifty Party @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Bella Sol, John Huldt, Jonny Come Lately @ Rusty’s Surf Ranch

Brad Wallace, DJ Sala @ Bar Pico

Jimmy Z and the Z Tribe @ Harvelle’s

Model Citizen, Off Color, The Lillies @ Trip

Juke Joint Gang @ The Talking Stick

Quality with DJs Haul & Mason @ Zanzibar

Sunday, February 5

The Toledo Show @ Harvelle’s

Ya Harissa Belly Dance Theater, My Society @ The Talking Stick

Arrogant Planet, Shani Shousterman, The Other Mules, David Rosenfield @ Trip

Super Bowl Party @ Bar Pico

Live Music Monthly: Lil Wayne’s band The Komposers – Keenan Ephriam, Eric Ingram, Jairus Mozee, Charlie Bereal, and Gil Smith. T-Fly, Tasha Boue. DJs Jayceeoh & Lady Sha @ Zanzibar

Monday, February 6

Enjuillet, Tammy Olea Band, Neil Daly, Jackson Hunt @ Trip

Tumbao Salsa Dura @ Zanzibar

MoZaic Open Mic @ The Talking Stick

Ultra Love @ Harvelle’s

Tuesday, February 7

Open Mic, The Vignatis @ Bar Pico

Word Salad, Laura Meyer @ The Talking Stick

Mind The Gap with Communist Daughter, Marcus Very Ordinary, LA Font (DJ Set) @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Kristi McU’Laff Comedy Show @ Trip

Wednesday, February 8

Open Mic with Ellen and Peter @ The Talking Stick

Luminous Movement: The Human Revolution “Small Town” Album Release Party @ Zanzibar

Paper Angels with DJ sets by Ao @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

St. James Society, TRiP Tease Burlesque @ TRIP

Masters Of Now @ Bar Pico

House of Vibe All-Stars @ Harvelle’s

Thursday, February 9

Other Mother Brother Band, Black ‘n’ Vinyl with DJ Jaxyn @ Bar Pico

Afro Funke Thursday: DJ Kim Hill (NYC) @ Zanzibar

Six String Night @ The Talking Stick

The VS (Versus) @ Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Dialtone @ TRIP

EXHIBITS

Our Shifting Subconscious: Form vs. Perception. A new exhibition at TAG Gallery, Bergamot Station, through Feb. 25. It features artists Ty Bowman, Jane Peterson, and David Twamley. Opening reception will be held Feb. 4 from 5-8 p.m. Artist panel Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. 2525 Michigan Avenue, D3. 310.829.9556, taggallery.net

Helen K. Garber, Encaustic Noir Brassai and Other Vintage Noir Photographers are on display through Feb. 25. Dnj Gallery. Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave, J-1. 310.315.3551, dnjgallery.net

287 Steps. Craig Krull Gallery will present a solo exhibition through Feb. 25 of a new body of work by seminal Los Angeles based artist Lita Albuquerque in conjunction with the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980.” The exhibition, entitled “287 Steps,” will also coincide with Albuquerque’s Spine of the Earth 2012 a large scale ephemeral work created for the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, organized by Glenn Phillips of the Getty Research Institute and Lauri Firstenberg of LA-Art. 310.828.6410, craigkrullgallery.com

Just Occupy, Robert Berman Gallery presents Just Occupy – a pop-up exhibition documenting the Occupy movement featuring photojournalists Ted Soqui and Christopher Felver through Feb. 28. Also featured in Just Occupy will be a series of photographic collages by photojournalist Christopher Felver, who is known for his documentary photographs of the beats, poets. and musicians. Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2525 Michigan Ave, C2/D5. 310.315.1937, robertbermangallery.com

NY/LA, an innovative program initiative that diversifies Santa Monica Museum of Art’s curatorial voice through an all-new, annual exhibition series. Developed by New York-based independent curator Jeffrey Uslip and SMMoA Deputy Director and curator Lisa Melandri, NY/LA connects emerging contemporary artists on the East and West coasts. NY/LA will debut at SMMoA with two exhibitions on view through Feb. 25: Adam Berg: Endangered Spaces (LA) in Project Room 1 and Georgi Tushev: Strange Attractor (NY) in Project Room 2. 2525 Michigan Ave G-1. 310.586.6488, smmoa.org

The Dead Are Here, in his first solo Los Angeles show in more than two decades, New York artist Izhar Patkin, will début “The Dead Are Here” (2009), a room wrapped with 14’ tall wall size paintings in ink on tulle curtains. It runs through Feb. 18. Shoshana Wayne Gallery. 2525 Michigan Ave. Suite B1. 310.453.7535, shoshanawayne.com

Peter Fetterman Gallery, through March 1, 2012, is featuring two exhibitions: a series of images by distinguished contemporary photographer Jerry Uelsmann and introducing the work of Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti with a selection of images shown in Los Angeles for the first time. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 pm. 2525 Michigan Avenue A-1, 310.453.6463, peterfetterman.com

Wall Works: The Walls Have Eyes, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art is its most extensive educational public art program, connecting acclaimed contemporary artists with the imaginations of local students. The exhibit is a collaboration with Los Angeles-based ceramic artist Peter Shire, and will be on display through Feb. 26, 2012. Bergamot Station G-1, 2525 Michigan Ave. 310.586.6488, smmoa.org

Beatrice Wood: Career Woman-Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects, through Feb. 25, 2012. Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station G1. 2525 Michigan Ave G-1. 310.586.6488, smmoa.org

THEATER

Romeo and Juliet, or The Old “You-Know-I-Really-Love-You-But-My-Father-Really-Hates-You” Blues, will perform Feb. 4 through Feb. 19 at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre. Throw away everything you think you know about Shakespeare – and for that matter, about theatre. Join two raucous, irreverent storytellers, spinning the tale of Romeo and Juliet. The story is about, well, frankly, teenagers. You know the species. They fall in love at the drop of a hat always with the very person Mom and Dad can’t stand. And in the case of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, their families have hated one another for as long as anyone can remember. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. Adults $10 ($7 children 12 and under). 2627 Pico Blvd. 310.828.7519, morgan-wixson.org/?p=834

The Dining Room, is a two-act play by A. R. Gurney that consists of 18 overlapping and unrelated vignettes, all staged in one elegant dining room at different time periods. In what has been described as “a seamless collection of moments,” the show presents a spectrum of glimpses into the human condition: the joys, sorrows, love and comedy that accompany family life. The play’s 57 characters are portrayed by just six actors. Friday and Saturday through March 3. 1404 Third Street Promenade. 310.656.8070, promenadeplayhouse.com

The Lonesome West. An idealistic and flawed young man stumbles into the lurid world of two brothers, who are locked in an endless cycle of petty grudges. He puts his life on the line in an effort to get them to reconcile. Is there hope for the brothers…in this comedy of unexpected proportions? Tickets $25. Recurring Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Feb. 10. Ruskin Group Theatre. 3000 Airport Ave. 310.397.3244, ruskingrouptheatre.com

Play It Again, Sam. Woody Allen’s hilarious and actually rather moving comedy is the Morgan-Wixson’s second show of its 2011-2012 season. Allan Felix, film critic and recently-deserted husband, lives in a lonely apartment and talks to his imaginary idol, Humphrey Bogart. When his friends Dick and Linda try to set him up with women, his attempts to be suave and sexy lead to a series of comic disasters – until Allan starts to fall for Linda, his best friend’s wife. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 through Feb. 12. Tickets $18 ($15 students/seniors). 310.828.7519, morgan-wixson.org

Fireside at the Miles. through Saturday, Feb. 25, the Miles Memorial Playhouse will be presenting 13 separate events featuring contemporary music, opera, jazz, dance, puppetry, poetry, beat boxing, a capella singing, and more. Most performances begin at 8 p.m. Admission to all shows is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (55 and over), students, and children under 17. 1130 Lincoln Blvd. 310.458.8634, Fireside.milesplayhouse.org

Our Town, Oscar-winner Helen Hunt stars in this groundbreaking new version of Wilder’s iconic American through Feb. 12. Our Town tells the story of young lovers George and Emily, whose life in a small New England town becomes a microcosm of every day life. The wisdom of the play, rendered through a deceptively simple story, makes Our Town an enduring treasure of the American theater. Tickets $40-$175. Performances daily at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. except Mondays. The Broad Stage. 1310 11th St. 310.434.3200, thebroadstage.com /show_info.php?show_id=24

Filthy Talk For Troubled Times. City Garage, resident company at Track 16, Bergamot Station, under the patronage of Tom Patchett, will commence its West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute’s Filthy Talk for Troubled Times through Feb. 26. LaBute, known for his biting portrayals of misogynistic and deceitful men, subtitles the work “scenes of intolerance.” Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m. Building C1, 2525 Michigan Ave. 310.319.9939, citygarage.org

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS/

ONGOING EVENTS

Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO,” is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. Tickets $45-$145. Under the Big Top at the Santa Monica Pier. Daily (except Mondays) through March 25. 800.450.1480, cirquedusoleil.com/OVO

Ceramics Classes at the Clayhouse. New six-week ceramics classes for all levels begin the week of Jan. 17. Classes meet once a week for two hours; fee is $280. Learn basic clay hand building methods, or try the potter’s wheel in a friendly, creative environment. The Clayhouse also offers studio memberships, supplies, and a gallery of members’ work. Call for registration information: 310.828.7071. 2909 Santa Monica Blvd. Visit www.theclayhousesantamonica.com for more information.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation Therapy Classes for pain management without the use of drugs and their harmful side effects. Easy to learn, practical to use anywhere or anytime healing body and mind. Taught by Dr. Bonnie Hemauer, Ph.D. (Dr. B.) with 25 years specializing in self-help, relaxation/meditation therapies, and prevention of stress causing diseases. Sundays at 1:15 p.m. for one hour in Santa Monica. Cost $25. RSVP: 310.433.2382

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers. Various positions are available. To volunteer, call Tom Viscount at 310.394.3773 ext. 112 from 1-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Do You Have the Heart for Hospice? Roze Room Hospice seeks volunteers to provide support and companionship to terminally ill patients and their families. Training is free. We have patients at home and in nursing facilities throughout the Westside and Los Angeles. For more information, contact Kathleen McMahon, Volunteer Coordinator, at 323.938.1155 or volcoord@rozeroomhospice.org

Donate blood on Monday and Wednesdays at the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, 1450 11th St.. Hours for donations vary, so call to schedule an appointment. 1.800.GIVE.LIFE or 1.888.POR.FAVOR

The Downtown Santa Monica Farmers Market is held Wednesdays at Arizona Ave and Second St. and Saturdays at Arizona and Third St. The two weekly markets are widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and feature field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music, and more. 310.458.8712, smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket/

Free help with anxiety, depression, stress, and anger. Recovery International provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing emotions and improve general well-being. This worldwide non-profit organization, founded in 1937, holds weekly meetings every Saturday, 12 p.m., at Trinity Church, California and Eleventh Street, Santa Monica. Donations are requested but not required. For more information, call Randy at 310.828.9328 or go to lowselfhelpsystems.org

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a 12-step program for those struggling to control their relationship with food, has three meetings every week in Santa Monica. Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Youth Lounge, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica; Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Community Church, The Cottage, 1260 18th St., Santa Monica; and Saturday, 9 to 10:30 a.m., First United Methodist Church, Room 101, 1008 11th St.., Santa Monica. Free. Call: 800.600.6028 or see: foodaddicts.org

Heart Centered Toastmasters Club meets 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 pm Thursdays in Santa Monica. Practice and improve your communication skills in a warm, heart-centered environment. Call Cynthia at 310.995.4283 for more information.

Homeless discussion and advocacy group, Side By Side, for homeless and non-homeless citizens every first, third, and fifth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Community Center, located at 1527 4th St., Any resident interested in listening to and talking with local homeless can come to this regular meeting. Side By Side has met continuously at Ken Edwards since 1996.

Joel S. Goldsmith Tape Group meets Mondays to listen to the taped class work of Joel S. Goldsmith on his spiritual teaching known as The Infinite Way. 7:15 p.m. (silent meditation), 7:30 p.m. (tape played),

8:30 p.m. (silent meditation). New Age Bible and Philosophy Center, 1139 Lincoln Blvd. (rear entry only off alley) in rear classroom. $5 minimum donation appreciated. 310.963.9377 or email in.stillness@yahoo.com

Meals on Wheels West needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound people in Santa Monica. Deliveries are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. To volunteer call 310.394.7558

A new Grief Support Group for Parents who have lost children to addiction, drugs, medications, alcohol. Santa Monica near Ocean and Montana Ave. Dates and times TBA. 310.917.5008, grasphelp.org, graspsantamonica@yahoo.com

Free Qigong class for cancer survivors in Clover Park, located at 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, on Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. These classes are offered through the Cancer Support Community-Benjamin Center, and are taught by Michael Sieverts, an 11-year brain cancer survivor. For more information, call CSC at 310.314.2555 or go to www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org

YWCA Winter class sessions are now under way. Sign up now for classes for adults and teens: Barre, Belly Dancing, Core Pilates, Dancing like the Stars Ballroom Dance, Gentle Exercise, Life Drawing, Step Aerobics and Step Interval, Strength Training, Strong and Stretched, Timeless Body, Women’s Basic Ballet, Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Yoga with Bhavani, Zumba Gold. For children and youth: Afternoon Kids Club (ages 4 to 6), Ballet (ages 6 1/2 to 9), Basketball (ages 4 to 14), Broadway Stars Gymnastics (ages 6 to 10), Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet (ages 3 to 6), World Dance Fusion (ages 7 to 12), Karate for Kids (ages 5 to 10), Little Tumbling Stars (ages 3 to 5), Tiger Kick Fit (ages 3 to 5), Twinkle Toes Ballet and Tap (ages 2 to 3), Toddler Tumbling Fun (ages 2 to 3.5) For just $25/year (youth ages 17 and under), $30/year (seniors 55+) and $45/year (adults), you can become a member of the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside. To sign up for one or more of any of the above classes, visit smywca.com or call 310.452.3881

Zen meditation group led by Sensei Daishin Buksbazen, teacher at Zen Center of Los Angeles meets weekly on Wednesday evening at the Hill Street Center, 237 Hill St., Santa Monica. Meditation instruction for newcomers held from 7 to 7:30 p.m., Zazen from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Dharma talk the first Wednesday of each month. Contact Sensei Daishin at 310.315.3506

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65-year-old Garry Featherstone accused of selling meth, PCP By Sam Catanzaro A self-described homeless outreach advocate was recently arrested near...

Off Leash Dog Park And Picnic Area Coming To Downtown Santa Monica: Santa Monica Beat – July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

July 27, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Off Leash Dog Park And Picnic Area Coming To Downtown Santa...

Two Arrested for Main Street Bike Shop Burglary

July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

Two suspects were arrested for the burglary of a Main Street bike store after the owner witnessed the crime via...

Council Selects Berkeley Deputy City Manager to Helm Santa Monica

July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

David White to be Santa Monica’s next City Manager starting in October  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica City Council has...

Ocean Park Library Set to Reopen

July 20, 2021

July 20, 2021

New self-service hours begin July 28 By Sam Catanzaro The Santa Monica Public Library’s Ocean Park Branch is set to...

Police Tase Suspect Following Santa Monica Beach Stabbing

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

32-year-old man arrested Sunday evening on Santa Monica Beach, suffers head injuries in arrest By Sam Catanzaro As part of...

Santa Monica Beat: Santa Monica Beat – July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Serial Killer Arrested by SMPD Sentenced to Death * New Grants...

Santa Monica May Ban Lobbyists From Serving on Boards and Commissions

July 19, 2021

July 19, 2021

City Council instructs staff to draft ordinance to bar paid policy advocates from serving on board, commissions, task forces   By...

Water Near Santa Monica Pier Remains Questionable as Beach Closures Lifted Following Sewage Discharge

July 15, 2021

July 15, 2021

17 million gallons of raw sewage discharged from Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant Sunday Night By Sam Catanzaro Beach closures have...

Edify TV: Local Cafe Supporting Foster Youths

July 14, 2021

July 14, 2021

La La Land Kind Cafe recently opened its first California location in Santa Monica, delivering not only unique coffee and...

Santa Monica Experiencing 9-1-1 Call Outage

July 13, 2021

July 13, 2021

Update: As of 3 p.m., 9-1-1 phone service in Santa Monica has been fully restored. Please call or text 9-1-1...